I installed a kit radar arch
a couple of years ago on my boat. I also installed davits
and solar panels
, as well as a radar antenna
. Today, after more than 3000 miles in all kinds of conditions, it failed and fell off the back of my boat. I was moving my boat to a broker's dock
in order to sell it. I had 10+ knots of wind
about 30 degrees off the bow, with some waves.
I heard a strange noise
from the stern, nothing dramatic, and when I looked back the arch was in the water
Now, I have never carried my dinghy
with the outboard
on it, as I don't like the weight back there. I also lash my dinghy
(Caribe 10X) tightly to the arch so that it doesn't swing or move around. When it fell into the water
, both legs of the starboard side had detached from the boat, while one leg on the port side stayed attached. Since I was single-handing, this caused quite a bit of stress and trouble for me. I secured each side to stern cleats
using docklines, and then cut all the cables
away (radar and solar). I also chose to call vessel assist, since I needed another set of hands in the windy and bumpy conditions. Once they were on scene we cut the entire thing away and tied fenders to it to keep it afloat. Vessel assist then towed the arch, solar panels
, and dinghy back to my slip. The arch was so well secured to the dinghy that they didn't have to secure it any further, which is funny
. If I'd had someone else on board I might have been able to tow it home myself and save $450.
Once I arrived back in the marina I took a look at things. It appears that all four 1/4" bolts holding one leg to the hull
sheared off, causing the others to fail. The reason I am posting
all of this is that I have a suspicion that one or more of the bolts might have already been sheared, as today's weather
was no big deal. In fact, I would venture a guess that some of the other bolts on the other legs might be sheared.
Please take a few minutes to check the mounting bolts on your arches and other deck hardware
. All of mine appeared normal and all were in place.
I am including a few pictures below for your information.
Comments are always welcome. I'm really glad that this did not happen one month ago while I was returning from La Paz
, BCS, to Los Angeles, some 1100 miles.